OM’s Chatter: Pegging Down NAFTA & Vanishing Princes

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On this episode of OM's Chatter, the gang reunites to try to peg down what each side might want out of NAFTA and discuss the vanishing Saudi princes. First up, though, we have a quick conversation expressing our disgust and dismay over the recent events in Charlottesville and recommend the Vice documentary to any and all. We then move on to the start of NAFTA negotiations, and what the disbanding of Trump's business councils in the wake of CEO abandonment might mean moving forward. Across the pond, we turn to our UK correspondent to bring us up to date on the continuing saga that is the Brexit divorce negotiations. Is anyone else having Brexit fatigue? Next up, the mysterious case of the vanishing Saudi princes. What

OM’s Chatter: Tin Hats & International Spats

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On this episode of OM's Chatter, Vennesa takes out the tin hats to talk about Qatar & the GCC, some population control measures in India from Karan, and Nate picks a bone with Haiti's desire for a military. First up though, we talk Brexit updates, including Boris Johnson making word sounds with his mouth but not saying much and David Davis' 'Plan B'. Secondly, we move to SoKo to discuss the new test of the THAAD system, what regional fallout drama can be expected, and debate whether Trump will add fuel to the fire with some antagonistic 4 am tweet. Next, Vennesa gets her tin hat out to debate GCC motivations in Qatar with Nate, before moving over to Haiti and having a

OM’s Chatter: Feelings Hurt and Miniskirts

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This week on OM's Chatter, Nate and Vennesa fly solo to discuss all things G20, Junker's hurt feelings and the future of the EU, and Uganda's war on miniskirts. First off though, we briefly discuss what North Korea's latest missile launch means for US security, regional security, and what this might mean for the flaming bag of geopolitics that the G20 is shaping up to be, especially in the wake of all the hurt feelings and smack talk that has been in the air between world leaders. Next up, Nate nerds about EU Parliament vs. Commission, and we take a look at the tragic state of the EU, at least at the moment Jean-Claude Junker decided to put MEPs on blast. Finally, Vennesa rounds things

This Week’s Happenings

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The World in a Flash The RoundUp this week covers Trump's action towards NAFTA, the unrest in Venezuela, the credit ratings of Caribbean countries, tensions surrounding North Korea and the Front National in France. Trump Wants to Roll the Dice on NAFTA After taking jabs at Canada’s dairy industry and imposing tariffs on Canadian lumber, President Donald Trump – still trying to demonstrate the ‘art of the deal’ – is seeking to renegotiate NAFTA. The trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada is worth approximately $1.2 trillion USD a year with the US exporting $584 billion USD a year. However, Trump continues to stick to his guns that NAFTA is the worst deal ever. Thankfully, in the most liberal use of the word, Trump

OM’s Chatter: The End Might Be (But Maybe Isn’t) Nigh

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On this week's episode of OM's Chatter, Nate abandons Karan and Vennesa, leaving them to fend for themselves against the suspense that is the upcoming 2nd Round of the French Elections, a brief discussion about whether or not the end is nigh, and why maybe we'll at least manage to stamp out Malaria before that happens. First up, they discuss what a Marine win might mean for relations within the country, why she's decided to jump ship at the last minute, and how it might not matter anyway because Macron seems to be smoking her in the polls like a legalized marijuana cigarette. Next, they tackle Trump and the fascinating tale of his first 100 days. What has he accomplished? Why is he

A Week of Big Decisions

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The World in a Flash The week's RoundUp is short and sweet, with just enough room for some of our favourite articles and stories from the week. From Trump's busy week of sorting out his policies, troubles in Brazil, Liberian school teachers, responses to the deadly Syrian attacks, and the peacekeeping mission in Haiti.   Trump’s Busy Week This has been a busy week for the Trump Administration which has been posed with serious foreign policy issues. Firstly, the tragedy in Syria which compelled the President to launch missiles at a Syrian airfield. This has set back Russia-US relations which Donald Trump has described as being at an ‘all-time low.’ Both Syria and Russia have denied that forces loyal to Assad used chemical weapons.

OM’s Chatter: The Reunion

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The gang's all back this week for the latest reunion episode of the Chatter! This week we start off with Trump's strikes in Syria, how much good they did, what this might say (if anything) about US policy towards the Syrian government, and what the strike means for US-Russia relations and the region. We then pop over to South Africa to ponder the latest protests against Jacob Zuma, what the split(s) in the ANC might mean after he leaves, who might take over, and how racism continues to be used as a political propaganda tool. Then moving to France, we check out Marine Le Pen's latest exploits and comments and what if anything they might do to her chances in the upcoming

Leadership Races & Kenya Braces

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The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week we've got cyber crimes in Kenya, refugee camp attacks in Nigeria, wiretapping in the US, and party leadership races in Canada.  Kenya’s Tax Hacker Kenya’s Revenue Agency joined the global list of corporate victims of cyber crime. According to the prosecution, Alex Mutungi Mutuku is part of an international ring of cyber criminals that has stolen money from multiple state bodies. Mutuku, a 28-year-old IT expert, has pled not guilty to the charges. According to the Kenyan cyber crime unit, the country has lost about $220 million (CAD) from hacking in 2016 alone, and ten suspects have been charged. Many western countries have also been embroiled in cyber crime saga's recently, and it remains to

OM’s Crazy Train Chatter

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The week's episode of Observatory Media's Chatter gets on the crazy train to talk about all the head-scratching issues from the last week. We start with food shortages and famine in South Sudan and Venezuela, and what the international community is (or isn't) doing in response to these disasters. We then move to the US to talk about Trump and recent accusations of anti-Semitism that he's attempted to dispel in recent days. Staying in the US we then turn to the new bill introduced to wipe out the EPA by December of next year, and how the new administration might deal with this colossally short-sighted attempt at environmental suicide. Moving over to Europe, we round out the Chatter with a look at Marine Le

Broken Promises, Picks, & Politics

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The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week tries to understand Trudeau's broken campaign promise on electoral reform, the confirmation of Trump's cabinet picks, the corruption scandal gripping France's presidential race, and a massive protest in Romania over the decriminalization of corruption.  Trudeau Breaks Electoral Reform Campaign Promise Canada’s photogenic Prime Minister is under fire this week for breaking a promise to replace Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system. The PM has been flip-flopping about this since his election, and as recently as two months ago he stated that he knew Canadians wanted a better system of choosing their government. In the wake of various town hall meetings, findings of a House of Commons committee, a ministerial tour, and public consultations, Trudeau and many